Mark has been an avid fly fisherman for over 50 years and he can vividly recall the story of his grandfather teaching him to fish at the age of nine. Mark's passion has taken him around the U.S. to fish in both fresh and salt water. In recent years, he has taken to guiding beginners in the many rivers of MN and WI and is especially fond of helping them catch and land their first trout. Mark's calm demeanor and love of fishing makes everyone feel comfortable.
Jeff has been flyfishing for over 29 years and is both a North Shore steelhead fishing guide and a youth mentor with the Lake Superior Steelhead Association. In addition to being part of Margo+Lola, he also is an experienced guide of the Kenai peninsula and Bristol Bay regions of Alaska. Jeff’s relaxed approach to guiding and fishing is welcomed by first time students.
Abigail was introduced to flyfishing alongside her husband not long ago and initially focused on trout in the Driftless region. She now adds musky and smallmouth bass to her skill base along with various other Western States and saltwater species. Abigail is keen to join Margo+Lola to help empower other women to feel comfortable to fish on their own.
Josh fell in love with flyfishing 10 years ago and apart from tying flies, he is passionate about bringing new faces to the flyfishing scene through his relaxed and attentive coaching skills. Josh is also a successful guide on a variety of Midwest waters with a forte in spey-casting. His experience in teaching multiple techniques for different species makes him a versatile instructor.
Corie is simply obsessed with fly fishing and loves to share her passion with others through mentorship, coaching and volunteering. Although her credential list is too long to include here, note that she is an experienced casting instructor and actively pursuing a FFI Certification. More recently, Corie has been recognized as an international salt-water flyfishing champion. Corie's patience and depth of knowledge makes her a guiding natural.
Phil was introduced to flyfishing 25 years ago when he floated the famous Deschutes River. Since then, Phil makes it a point to bring his rod as he travels extensively in the US, Bahamas and New Zealand to fish trout and bonefish. His international experience coupled with a deep passion to mentor new students, is a welcomed addition to Margo+Lola.
A transplant from the banks of the San Joaquin River in California (and vineyard), Mitchell wasted no time becoming familiar with the many fish species and waterways found in the Midwest. With a passion for people, the outdoors and fly fishing, Mitchell is a natural educator on trout, panfish, bass or musky whether wading or rowing "around the next corner".
Fly fishing is Linda's Zen and while she is a regular visitor to Montana, Idaho and Michigan, her home water is in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With a love for nature and birdwatching, Linda takes the fly fishing experience to a different level of education for her students. Linda is a fishing instructor for Casting for Recovery MN/WI and has organized and taught many workshops geared towards women and girls wanting to learn to fly fish.
As a Wisconsin native, Carrie has explored the State's waters for nearly two decades though her first wading experience was in Wyoming where her family camped in the summers. Her love for fly fishing is nicely matched by her passion for continuous learning. Fly fishing is also Carrie's gateway excuse to escape daily work in the medical field. Besides the personal joy of this sport, Carrie loves helping others experience fly fishing for the first time.
Derrick is a life long angler who cast his first fly rod over fifteen years ago. Since then he has become an avid fly angler and tyer. While he loves fishing big Western rivers and the abundance of lakes in the area, his true passion is fishing for trout on the many streams across the WI/MN Driftless region. Derrick loves sharing his passion for fishing and is a patient teacher– a skill perfected over innumerable fishing adventures with his wife and two young daughters
Mark was introduced to fly fishing on a trip to Colorado and was immediately “hooked.” Despite life being busy with family and his real estate career, Mark always makes time for fly fishing. He is a member of Trout Unlimited and Fly Fishers International. Mark is also a fly fishing gear aficionado and newbie fly tyer.
Peter is a life-long learner and adventurer, who has lived, worked and traveled to over 50 countries. He has surf-cast, permit-fished and trout-fished for +40 years. He is on the Board of the Voyageur Outward Bound School and is a Lifetime Member of Trout Unlimited.
When not writing or roasting coffee, he can be found in a trout stream.
Kate was introduced to flyfishing in her 20's while visiting family in Wyoming. As a board certified wellbeing coach, she understands the healing effects of the flyfishing environment. Kate is a co-author of Flyfishing: A pathway to Wellbeing and is a co-instructor, helping participants incorporate the book's curriculum to take advantage of the healing power of nature.